Local laws changes about to come into effect
  • Thursday 28 January 2016
Dogs in off-leash area

A range of changes to Sunshine Coast Council local laws are a step closer to being activated after being approved by councillors today.

The extensive local laws review started in October 2014 to ensure they remained responsive and flexible to changes in the Coast’s environment.

The amendments agreed to at council’s Ordinary Meeting today followed a series of workshops, information sessions, individual stakeholder meetings, councillor consultation and a month-long community consultation process.

They will be enforceable from February 5, 2016.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said local laws helped to ensure safety, harmony and good rule in our communities.

"Local laws govern such things as parking, keeping animals, approvals for activities, bathing reserves and dog off-leash areas," Cr McKay said.

“They cover a very broad range of activities showing what you can do and what you can’t to make it possible for all of us to enjoy our community.

"Our review of the local laws, which included public consultation throughout November last year, has been an opportunity to look at any issues and impacts and propose any changes for improvement.

“We thank the community for their feedback during this process.”

Local laws affect all residents, but the changes approved today will be of particular interest to:

- Local businesses – regarding placement of kerbside advertising;

- Beekeepers on small acreage – limiting the number of hives they can keep;

- Dog owners – additional restrictions for dogs at Kings Beach, Shelly Beach, Dicky Beach, Currimundi, Mooloolaba Beach and North Shore, while regulated dogs will be required to wear distinctive red and yellow collars to make them easily identifiable;

- Model aircraft enthusiasts – regulations will be in place on launching or landing a model aircraft weighing more than 500 grams.

One of the amendments that was not adopted was a regulated parking plan for Sippy Downs, adjacent to the University of the Sunshine Coast, that would have included two-hour parking restrictions on weekdays.

Division 6 Cr Christian Dickson said extensive feedback from local residents showed they were not in favour of the proposed change.

“We will continue to liaise with the university and its student population on the parking issues we have in that area,” Cr Dickson said.

“With the university expanding we need to have options available that takes the pressure away from our local streets.

“We will be continuing to monitor the situation in those streets to ensure safety is not compromised.”

The other amendment that will not be going ahead at the stage is the inclusion of horse riding as a restricted activity on local government controlled areas.

It will be the subject of a further report to council in June.

For more detail on the local laws, and upcoming changes, go to www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/locallaws.